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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 12 March 1932 (USA)
In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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The Pest
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Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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William B. Davidson ...
Lelewer (as William Davidson)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Die letzten Vier  »

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Trivia

Although this was a solid hit, it actually lost $125,000 for the studio. See more »

Goofs

At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »

Connections

Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

El Capitan
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Background music for marching soldiers
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The film is unusual enough to make it worth a look
21 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

You should probably know that I love airplane films--particularly one with vintage planes. So, I have a bias towards this sort of film and some may NOT be excited in seeing the biplanes flying about during the movie (even though many are post-WWI planes when they are supposed to be WWI aircraft).

Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong and Joel McCrea play three buddies who served in the Air Corps during the war. However, now that about a decade has passed, they are forced to make a living working stunt flying for a sadistic film director (Eric Von Stroheim). Eventually, just how evil the director is and the depths of his evil come to light and this leads to a dandy, though grisly, conclusion.

Interestingly, of the three pilots, the least famous and important was McCrea, as he was not yet an established star. The other two (Dix and Armstrong) were big names, though only a short time later they were relegated to "has-been" status. All did a decent job and the film, though a bit tough to believe, was entertaining and was more than just a time-passer.


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